Rann Utsav: Colours of the white desert

The Great Rann of Kutch cultural festival brings together the traditions of Gujarat, with handicrafts, shopping, food and much more

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Taru Bhatia | December 23, 2016 | Kutch


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Rann Utsav is a 110-day annual cultural festival held in the winter months at the Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. The festival attracts thousands of tourists from across the world. Arrangements are made for their stay at the 'tent city' in Dhordo, a village in Kutch. The opening ceremony takes place in the middle of the white desert.



Tourists can travel from the tent city to the white desert in camel carts.



One of the traditional dance performance at the inauguration.



Bhunga stays are a unique part of the festival. Bhunga is a cylindrical-shaped mud hut with a thatched roof. The walls are decorated with traditional painting called Lippan.



These huts attract urban dwellers as it gives them an essence of rural India.



The festival encourages artisans to showcase their work. Kutch handicraft ranges from bead earrings and necklaces to bags and wallets.



Many Pakistani migrant women are engaged in making ‘kachchi’ embroidered shawls, dupattas, and kurtis since generations.

Most artisans stay in Hodka village. The village is famous for its colourful bhungas.

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